Magazine article Screen International

Altitude Cannes-Bound with Stephen King, Joe Hill Tale ‘in the Tall Grass’

Magazine article Screen International

Altitude Cannes-Bound with Stephen King, Joe Hill Tale ‘in the Tall Grass’

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Altitude Film Sales managing director Mike Runagall and his team will kick offpre-sales next week on the story of a young man and his pregnant sister on a road trip who end up fighting for their lives in a field after they respond to a boy's cries for help.

Natali adapted the screenplay from the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, which first appeared as a story in Esquire. Paradigm represents US rights to the project.

Steve Hoban of Copperheart, which is producing in association with Mosaic Media, serves as producer and Gloria Fan is executive producer. Principal photography is scheduled for September in the Toronto area.

"Who would think that grass could be frightening," said Natali, whose director credits include Splice, Cube and TV's Hannibal. "Trust Stephen King and Joe Hill to find a way.

"They have transformed an otherwise innocuous Kansas field into a stage for some of the most disturbing horror fiction I have ever read."

Referring to the protagonists' ill-fated rescue attempt, Natali said: "When they go to assist the boy, they discover that strange forces are at work. …

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